Goltsblat BLP, the Russian practice of Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), has announced that Sergey Milanov is joining the firm as Head of Asia Practice in Moscow and Partner in the firm’s Banking & Finance Practice. Georgy Daneliya is also joining the team as a Senior Associate.
According to a Goltsblat BLP announcement, the hire of Milanov "will strengthen the firm’s Asia-related capabilities, driven by the growing demand from our Russian and international clients actively exploring new markets in this region, turning to Asia for investment support and considerable increase in Asia investments into Russia, especially the Russian Far East.”
Before joining Goltsblat BLP, Milanov spent 5 years as a Partner at K&L Gates, splitting his time between Moscow and Tokyo, and before that practised with Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe in Tokyo and White & Case in Moscow, New York, and Tokyo. Goltsblat BLP describes Milanov as "currently the only foreign lawyer authorized in Japan to advise on Russian law.”
Milanov, the firm reports, "has advised on implementation of big PSA projects for developing oil and gas deposits in the Russian Far East and Eastern Siberia, including representation of the lenders in such projects, as well as some of their Japanese and US sponsors, focusing on both extraction facilities and the export infrastructure, such as pipelines and sea terminals for such projects.” He also works on Corporate/M&A transactions and joint ventures in the oil & gas, car manufacturing, telecommunications, infrastructure, and transport sectors. He also has experience in advising on greenfield projects for establishing Japanese distributors, dealers, and manufacturing subsidiaries in Russia.”
Milanov is admitted to the Bar of New York, the Bar of Primorski Region and the Dai-ni Tokyo Bar Association, and he is admitted in Japan as a Gaikokuho jimu bengoshi (Authorised Consultant in Foreign Law) for the laws of New York State and the Russian Federation. He is a graduate of the Law Faculty at the Law and State Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, (LL.M., 2000), Harvard Law School (LL.M., 1992) and University of Sofia School of Law, (LL.B., 1988).
In the firm’s formal announcement of the hire, Andrey Goltsblat, Managing Partner of Goltsblat BLP, said: “We are very pleased to welcome both Sergey and Georgy to our team in Moscow. This hire will undoubtedly further strengthen our international capabilities in Moscow and BLP globally. We are convinced that it will help us meet to the maximum the needs and expectations of both Russian and Asian businesses, helping our clients successfully implement new projects in Russia and on the Asian markets.”
Similarly, Goltsblat BLP Partner Oleg Khokhlov said: “I am sure that the Asian experience of Sergey and Georgy will strengthen our offering. It is also important that our clients will have access to US law capabilities on the ground.”
Milanov commented that: “I am delighted to join Goltsblat BLP and I believe that, by joining the Moscow office of BLP, we will reinforce its recognition in the Asian, especially Japanese, business community and will also help overcome any communications barriers that current and potential Asia clients of the firm might be experiencing, making sure that the uniquely broad expertise of the Moscow office is made available effectively to each and every client.”
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